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9-23-11 PNC Park

This was the scene in PNC Park today:

It rained steadily all day, but let up around 3:30, which was good enough to wash out batting practice.

It definitely wasn’t a good day for ballhawks.  Before the rest of the stadium opened at 5:30, only one pair of pitchers threw.  That’s it.  It was Bronson Arroyo and another Reds player.  When they were done, they threw their baseballs into the stands – which were quickly retrieved and pocketed by ushers.

Luckily, an usher had found two baseballs in center field and tossed one to Ian Weir, who was closing in on his 100th lifetime baseball, and me.  The ball was soaked, but it didn’t matter – I was on the board.

There was a ball on the grass near the Reds dugout which was picked up by the head groundskeeper as the groundscrew took the tarp off the field.  It was obviously soaked.  He was pulling the tarp off of the infield with his co-workers and had the baseball in his other hand, looking at it.

Then he glanced up into the stands.

I was basically the only one around, and I was half way up in the lower seating bowl.  I held up my glove.  He threw the ball in my direction off balance, kind of like a third baseman throws a bunt that he is charging and picking up barehanded.

As a result the throw sailed over my head, but bounced right back to me and I caught it with my throwing hand.

The ball was soaked.  I didn’t care though.

I only stayed until 6PM.  I was content with two baseballs.  I only really came down to the stadium because I had 17 extra tickets and I just figured I’d get the shirts by getting the tickets scanned.  Plus, I wanted to go be with Amy and Olivia!

Here are today’s baseballs, soaked – they are staying in my garage:

Statistics:
Game: 2 balls (2 thrown)
Season: 411 balls (173 hit, 88 thrown, 87 device, 56 found)
Games: 76 games
Average: 5.41 per game
Career: 1,533 balls
Attendance: 23,642

5-12-11 PNC Park

Rain was forecasted for today, so the Pirates were hitting early.  Amy was working the game and was there with me on the Riverwalk.  She had bought me two steak sandwiches.
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It was still early, so I figured the big lefties weren’t up yet, so Amy and I were just talking with a ball landed literally two feet to my left and rolled into the river.  I was upset that I wasn’t paying attention like I should’ve been.
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The ball floated awhile and sank.

I caught my first ball of the day here, as it took one bounce in the stadium and right into my glove.
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I misplayed another ball that rolled into the river, I just over ran it, because a big pack of pedestrians were walking toward the spot where it bounced out, and I was overly aggressive.

Amy then found a ball.  Since she is an employee and was working this game, I counted it.  It must’ve bounced out and hit the trees to my right, because it was just sitting in the grass.  She found it when she went to go into the stadium to begin her work.

My third ball was another one that bounced out of the stadium.  I played it just right and I caught it on the fly as it took one hop off the riverwalk and right into my glove.

Finally, I misplayed another ball.  Another one bounced out, but I ran too far in on it.  I was standing on the razor grass, so I didn’t want to jump and break my ankle, so I tried to reach up for it, but it was a few feet over my glove.  Nick Pelescak had the play backed up, but it got past him too.  Some random passerby picked the ball up as it slowly rolled toward the river.  Had he not been there either Nick or I probably could’ve reached the ball, as it seemed to not have much momentum if some random guy was able to get it.

It started raining then, as usual, right at 4:35.  This wiped out batting practice.

I still went in, and managed to find ball #4 in the fourth row,
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and ball #5 in the front row.
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I found them probably five minutes after the gates had opened.  Zac Weiss was the first one in and had already covered this section, but must’ve just missed them in his haste. 

I looked for more when the rest of the stadium opened at 5:30, but there was nothing else to be found, so I went home.

The game ended up being rained out, which is great, because it means it’ll be made up, which will give us an extra batting practice.

Today’s baseballs:
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Sweet spots:

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STATISTICS:
Game:  5 balls (2 hit, 1 thrown, 2 found)
Season:  118 balls (45 hit, 31 thrown, 24 device, 17 found)
Games: 19 games
Average:  6.21 balls per game
Career:  1,240 balls
Attendance: 1 (rain out)

5-7-11 PNC Park

Before heading to PNC Park, Amy and I went to Color Me Mine in Squirrel Hill.
5-7-11 (46).JPGOnce inside, one picks out a piece to paint.
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Then, one picks colors for their pallet from a paint wall filled with different colors of paint. 
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There is a guide to the colors hanging above the paint.  The shade on
the left is one coat, and the shade on the right of each color is three
coats.
5-7-11 (31).JPGAmy and I chose a piggy bank to make for our daughter, due in early August.
5-7-11 (16).JPGAmy and I painted the pig together.  She pained the body of the pig.
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And I worked on the front.
5-7-11 (23).JPGAfter we got the pig just like we wanted it, I detailed in purple our daughter’s name on one side of the piggy bank.
5-7-11 (35).JPGThis was the end result:
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On the other side I wrote her year of birth, 2011.
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And here’s the face I painted:
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It’s going to be fired in a kiln and we’ll pick it up next week!

After that it was off to PNC Park.  It began raining at 3:50.  It never rained more than a drizzle, and it drizzled for about 10 minutes.  This was just enough for the PNC Park groundscrew to decide to cancel batting practice for the day.

To pass the time, I played catch with Nick Pelescak and Zac Weiss on the bridge.
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5-7-11 (82).JPGOf course, since there was no batting practice going on, there wasn’t much to do, so I went over behind the Astros pitchers when they came out.  On my way over, I found my first ball of the day in the seats along the right field foul line.

It was likely left over from the Pirates batting practice, because they had been hitting before the light drizzle started.

Here’s the Astros doing some light running:
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When they came out, Wilton Lopez tossed Enerio Del Rosario’s glove into the stands.  I took his glove, and Wilton Lopez and I made an exchange.

Lopez was confused by the string, so I just told him I use it for extra padding.  Thanks to Nick Pelescak for the picture.
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Later, when the Astros were done throwing, Lopez tossed me his warm up ball, my second one of the day.
5-7-11 (107).JPGAfterwards, I walked around for a bit.
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There ended up being 32,000 fans at this game, so there wasn’t any chance for toss up balls from the outfielders, so I ended with two balls.

Today’s baseballs:
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Sweet spots:
5-7-11 (129).JPGSTATISTICS:
Game:  2 balls (1 thrown, 1 found)
Season:  83 balls (31 hit, 20 thrown, 21 device, 11 found)
Games: 14 games
Average:  5.93 balls per game
Career:  1,205 balls
Attendance: 32,299

4-27-11 PNC Park

I elected not to go to last night’s game, as batting practice was rained out by storms rolling through around 4 PM. 

Today was like the movie Groundhog Day, because at the same exact time, a quick thunderstorm popped up.  It rained for about 10 minutes from 3:55-4:05, which was just enough for batting practice to get moved indoors.

I asked Jonathan Sanchez for a ball twice in the first 30 minutes, once in center field, and once by the bullpen.  He ignored me both times. 
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I planned to ask a third time, but his side session went long, and at 5:30 I jogged over to the right field foul line to try to get a ball from a pitcher.

Ryan Vogelsong had finished throwing and was running sprints.  I noticed a ball in his glove.
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I waited patiently for him to finish, and when he did, I asked him for the ball, and he flipped it to me.
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I also asked him to sign my ticket since there wasn’t much else going on:
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4-27-11 (26).JPGA bit later I noticed virtually every fan in the stadium crowd along the right field line.
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The Giants “rock stars” Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson and his beard were out throwing.
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They didn’t even stop to sign autographs on their way back in. 

As for the game, I spent most of it in the club level.  I didn’t get any foul balls, but Buster Posey hit one three seats away from my seat in the 9th inning after I had left the club.  I just stared dumbfounded at the club seats, it would’ve been such an easy catch.  That’s the way it goes.

Here’s today’s baseball:  #1200:
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And the sweetspot:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  1 ball (1 thrown)
Season:  78 balls (29 hit, 18 thrown, 21 device, 10 found)
Games: 12 games
Average:  6.50 balls per game
Career:  1,200 balls
Attendance: 9,048

6-5-10 PNC Park

Today was once again ruined by rain.
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A storm hit around 4PM, totally washing away any hopes of batting practice.

Here’s a brief video of the storm, for you fans of bad weather.

I would get shut out for the first hour or so, until I discovered that there were three balls laying on the visitor’s bullpen bench.

The balls had become soaked by the storm, so when things cleared up, a few groundskeepers came out to check things out around the warning track.  I asked one of them for a ball, and he handed me balls #1 and #2. 
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STATISTICS:
Game:  4 balls (4 thrown)
Season:  170 balls (90 hit, 47 thrown, 11 device, 22 found)
Games: 28 games
Average:  6.07 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  748 balls
Streak:  124 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 36,687

6-4-10 PNC Park

Storms were forecast for today, so both teams would hit very early.

I got to the park at 3:15, and the Pirates were already in the middle of their BP.

I watched as at least 20 balls landed in the seats.
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Batting practice wrapped up right before the gates opened, but I decided to go in anyway to look for easter eggs that were passed over by ushers.

When I got into the stadium, the field was completely empty.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  2 balls (1 thrown, 1 found)
Season:  166 balls (90 hit, 43 thrown, 11 device, 22 found)
Games: 27 games
Average:  6.15 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  744 balls
Streak:  123 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 17,817

6-2-2010 PNC Park

Today’s game would get off to a bad start before the gates even opened.

At around 4:15, the skies opened up, and it started to pour.
100_3023.JPGIt washed out BP as the warning track was filled with water.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  5 balls (2 thrown, 3 found)
Season:  164 balls (90 hit, 42 thrown, 11 device, 21 found)
Games: 26 games
Average:  6.31 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  742 balls
Streak:  122 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: *1 (denotes rainout)

5-22-2010 PNC Park

I was debating about whether to attend this game, or head to Cleveland with fellow ballhawk Nick.  I chose to go to this game because I had ten extra tickets to get Garrett Jones figurines that I could sell for some extra traveling funds. 

When I arrived at the park at about 4:20, the tarp wasn’t on the field and the cages weren’t up either.  However, by 4:30, the tarp was on.  Light rain would arrive just after 4:30 with intense rain beginning around game time.

I was at the end of a pretty long line, so when I finally got into the stadium I made a dash for the foul territory in left field where Brian Burres and Ross Ohlendorf were playing catch.
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I was the only one behind them, so it was pretty much guaranteed I would get the ball, I just had to be patient

While waiting, something caught my eye.  It was a ball.  It was in a puddle of water on the tarp.  And it was absolutely soaked.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  3 balls (2 thrown, 1 found)
Season:  130 balls (79 hit, 28 thrown, 9 device, 14 found)
Games: 19 games
Average:  6.84 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  708 balls
Streak:  115 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  26,519

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